A bright-red fender guitar. A roulette wheel. A green dragon poised for attack. These are just a few of the near limitless cake designs that emerge from The Buttercream Boutique. A look at the boutique's past work shows few limitations: edible roses dot tiered cakes, and buttercream icing transforms desserts into scenes from movies, TV shows, and sports games. For weddings, the towering creations stack even higher and incorporate everything from fresh flowers to the father-in-law's car keys.
The desserts showcase flavors almost as varied as their designs. More than 40 flavors, fillings, mix-ins, and infusions—including alcohol—let customers create nearly anything their sweet teeth desire. Alternatively, the boutique can bake one of their tried-and-true flavors. These include favorites such as peanut-butter cup—chocolate cake with a peanut-butter-mousse filling—and seasonal options such as pumpkin-spice cake capped in cream cheese. The Buttercream Boutique also bakes cookies and cupcakes, and many of their recipes accommodate specialty diets.
You never have to have the same dessert twice at Yo-Yo’s Premium Frozen Yogurt. The shop's frozen-yogurt dispensers feature a regularly changing roster of 12 flavors, with options ranging from pink-lemonade sorbet to candy bar smash. And even if you held out and waited for a favorite—chocolate caramel turtle, for example—to come around again, there's still the toppings bar, where a choice of 40 candies, cereals, fruits, and other add-ons wait to be sprinkled on top, ensuring each frozen treat is a completely customized work of art that can never be reproduced by fro-yo counterfeiters.
Elegant Carriages escorts visitors along scenic Cincinnati byways in exquisite horse-drawn carriages. Before or after dinner, riders can get picked up straight from the restaurant and enjoy the peaceful streets of Cincinnati in an open-air buggy without the roofed confines of a car or paddywagon. Drivers are dapper, horses are groomed and pro-neigh, and the route is carefully guided to ensure maximum safety and sightseeing surprises.
In addition to attending culinary school, owner Angela Gallo achieved the rank of sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. Fusing military efficiency with an unmistakable passion for pastries, Angela has succeeded in developing a potent arsenal of baked goods that will barrage your taste buds into smile-induced surrender. Three Tiers carries a stockpile of standard-sized cupcakes ($1.95) as well as minis ($0.95, by order only) that come in scrumptious flavors like buttermilk with white-chocolate buttercream icing, and vanilla with caramel buttercream, chocolate sauce, caramel, and toasted coconut. Using only the freshest ingredients and imported Belgian chocolate, Three Tiers will be happy to bake expertly crafted creations for your special occasion, like a deliciously verbalized Scrabble board cake or an almost-too-cute-to-eat ladybug cake that will come to life if you allow tears to land on it.
Cake Towne's pastry barons heap frosting and chocolate onto fresh, never-frozen treats. The shop's truffle-esque cake balls, chocolate-dipped mixtures of cake and frosting, dress themselves in flavors both traditional and surprising, from salted caramel and chocolate raspberry to spicy carrot. Once coated, the treats go for a dip in rivers of dark, white, or milk chocolate. Stick candles into each of these dozen pastry spheres (a $10.50 value) to create a birthday cake befitting a juggler turning a multiple of 12. A dozen chocolate-covered strawberries (a $24 value) delight taste buds and add a racy edge to oft-wholesome fruit. Free WiFi wafts throughout the shop, allowing patrons to use their sticky fingers to look up how to clean frosting off a keyboard.
Aromas of roasting pine nuts, pesto sauces, and baking lasagna fill the air as chefs at Ferrari’s Little Italy and Bakery craft traditional Italian fare according to the owners' family recipes. They sprinkle the signature insalata Ferrari with cranberries, pine nuts, and gorgonzola cheese and top the pollo basilico's roasted chicken with rigatoni, sun-dried tomatoes, and pesto cream sauce. Additionally, a pair of bakers slides around 150 loaves of fresh focaccia bread into their ovens each day, yielding slices topped with three colors of bell peppers, spinach, and gorgonzola cheese. These appear in glass bakery cases alongside pastries and artisan gelato from local dessert makers Madisono’s Gelato and Sorbet.
Inside Ferrari's multiple dining areas, gas fireplaces flicker among exposed-brick walls, and family photos help create a homey feel. On the outdoor patio, fragrant wisteria vines climb a wooden pergola, and a picturesque fountain quietly babbles recommendations from the wine list.